attitude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n attitude a theatrical pose created for effect "the actor struck just the right attitude"
    • n attitude the arrangement of the body and its limbs "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
    • n attitude a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways "he had the attitude that work was fun"
    • n attitude position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Oscar Wilde and his friends came up the with the word "dude." It came from the words "duds" and "attitude."
    • Attitude Fig.: Position as indicating action, feeling, or mood; as, in times of trouble let a nation preserve a firm attitude; one's mental attitude in respect to religion. "The attitude of the country was rapidly changing.""'T is business of a painter in his choice of attitudes posituræ ) to foresee the effect and harmony of the lights and shadows.""Never to keep the body in the same posture half an hour at a time."
    • Attitude The posture or position of a person or an animal, or the manner in which the parts of his body are disposed; position assumed or studied to serve a purpose; as, a threatening attitude; an attitude of entreaty.
    • Attitude (Paint. & ) The posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n attitude Posture or position of the body, or the manner in which its parts are disposed; especially, a posture or position as indicating emotion, purpose, etc., or as appropriate to the performance of some act.
    • n attitude Hence Any condition of things or relation of persons viewed as the expression of, or as affecting, feeling, opinion, intentions, etc.
    • n attitude In geology, the particular position or relation which the land bears at any time to the ocean. The geologist's point of view is that the and either has emerged from the oceanic waters or is to be again buried by them, and therefore at any particular time assumes an attitude with relation to the ocean. The term is also applied to the position and structural relations of any bed or mass of rock to others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Attitude at′ti-tūd posture, or position: gesture: any condition of things or relation of persons viewed as expressing some thought, feeling, &c
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Quotations

  • William John Bennett
    William John Bennett
    “There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”
  • Eric Butterworth
    Eric%20Butterworth
    “Attitudes are the forerunners of conditions.”
  • Zina Garrison
    Zina Garrison
    “A positive attitude can really make dreams come true -- it did for me.”
  • Lou Holtz
    Lou%20Holtz
    “Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. attitudine, LL. aptitudo, fr. L. aptus, suited, fitted: cf. F. attitude,. Cf. Aptitude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. or It. from L. aptitudin-em, aptus, fit.

Usage

In literature:

What was the attitude of Pitt towards these events?
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Religion as Belief in a Disposition or Attitude 62 Sect.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
The community bow down and worship: that is the attitude of the congregation.
"The Idea of God in Early Religions" by F. B. Jevons
Consequently, no special attitude is called for, other than an acute receptiveness.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
There was vengeance in his look, and determination in his attitude.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
His general attitude since she had met him scarcely suggested such, a lack of good taste.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Clyffurde maintains a detached impersonal attitude both to the Bonapartist and the royalist cause.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
This desire of Tanqueray's for detachment was not so much an attitude as an instinct.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
On the opening night an incident occurred which showed Frohman's attitude toward new plays.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
They listened in strained attitudes with bated breath.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It will be interesting to see what attitude the English will now take.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
The attitude of the respective governments of France, Germany, and Russia was correct.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
He struck an attitude under the viperish glare of the lamp and smiled.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
Encouraged by England's attitude, the Sultan ignored Strogonov's requests.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
His attitude was threatening, but the anxious girl was able to delay the encounter.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
His attitude is quite comprehensible.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
She resumed her attitude on the hearthrug.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Man's defensive attitude toward the supernatural world appears in many usages connected with ordinary life.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The young girl stands for some moments in the attitude she has assumed.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Now the men were spread out in various attitudes of repose, and, for the most part, were half asleep.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Amid so lovely shadows and serene places
dwell radiant beings in one calm attitude
immutable in wisdom and in graces…
but the sovereign boredom of beatitude
prevails on all their faces.
"Elysian Landscape" by Clark Ashton Smith
For the great Idea, the idea of perfect and free individuals,
For that idea the bard walks in advance, leader of leaders,
The attitude of him cheers up slaves and horrifies foreign
despots.
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
A thought to lift me up to those
Sweet wildflowers of the pensive woods;
The lofty, lowly attitudes
Of bluet and of bramble-rose:
To lift me where my mind may reach
The lessons which their beauties teach.
"Preludes" by Madison Julius Cawein
And we say good-bye to you also,
For you seem never to have discovered
That your relationship is wholly parasitic;
Yet to our feasts you bring neither
Wit, nor good spirits, nor the pleasing attitudes
Of discipleship.
"Amities" by Ezra Pound
He poised himself grotesquely, in an attitude of mirth,
On a damask-covered hassock that was sitting on the hearth;
And at a magic signal of his stubby little thumb,
I saw the fireplace changing to a bright proscenium.
"Das Krist Kindel" by James Whitcomb Riley
Who covets fame should ne'er be over nice,
Some slight distortion pays the market price.
If haply lam'd by some propitious chance,
Instruct in attitude, or teach to dance;
Be still extravagant in deed, or word;
If new, enough, no matter how absurd.
"Eccentricity" by Washington Allston

In news:

Bitterness is ultimately an attitude of extended and intense anger and hostility.
Laughter is proven to de-stress, improve attitude, and increase happiness.
I observe with concern the judgemental and condemning attitudes of those certain members who sit on the School Board at present.
IN its quest to remain hip with America's youth, Levi Strauss & Company is introducing a campaign infused with an unconventional, streetwise attitude for its Silver Tab line of clothing.
Effective selling is just a shift in attitude and perspective.
Normally cats just ignore everyone and walk around with a smug attitude, but not Buddy the cat.
Is it too much to say that the history of 20th-century art can be read through its attitude toward toilets.
In "Mansome," the intrepid, self-revealing documentarian Morgan Spurlock turns his whimsical eye toward contemporary male attitudes about personal grooming.
Dave's whole family seems to share his joyful attitude – including pets.
There is an attitude needed to play cornerback in the NFL.
Updated Saturday, Sep 8, 2012, at 11:11 p.m. Derby teenager keeps attitude positive while recovering from accident.
Those who haven't read it for a while approach it again nervously, as if afraid of what they will learn about their old attitudes or their old selves.
The cockeyed witticism, from a jocular self-interview that the teenage Lorenz Hart published in a high school periodical, shows that his signature attitude toward life was already firmly in place, years before h...
"Mornin' General," my mostly African-American co-workers would say as I'd drag myself through the doors of Bagel World in Queens, New York, at 5:30 am The nickname had nothing to do with any military bearing or bulldog attitude on my part.
When a rage for authenticity meets a passionate fakery meets a workingman's attitude, you get this guy.
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In science:

The spins are interpreted as market participants’ attitude.
A simple model of price formation
Einstein ob jected to the “mysterious action at a distance”, which quantum theory seemed to entail, but Bohr defended “the necessity of a final renunciation of the classical ideal of causality and a radical revision of our attitude towards the problem of physical reality”.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
We took a pragmatic attitude and settled for pseudo random numbers.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
We shall however take a practical attitude, and consider numbers generated by a deterministic algorithm.
Monte Carlo: Basics
This is justified by our every-day experience that it is easier to change a person than his/her attitude.
Why everything gets slower ?
However, as already mentioned there has been another mistake more that has had probably a yet more important impact in influencing the attitude of physical community towards the belief in EPR paradoxes, which will be discussed in the next section.
Quantum mechanics and EPR paradox
The predominant agent model attributes human-like attitudes to agents.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Ehhf does not provide language constructs for representing desires, intentions and other mental attitudes, but it may be adopted to model a BDI architecture (Bozzano et al. 1999b).
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
The framework KARO (Knowledge,Abilities,ResultsandOpportunities(van Linder et al. 1995)) formalizes motivational attitudes situated at two different levels.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
The main informational attitude of the KARO framework is knowledge.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Starting from these basic attitudes, preferences, goals and commitments can be modeled.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Formalising motivational attitudes of agents: On preferences, goals and commitments.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
The difference between quantum fields and random fields can be taken to be only a different attitude to idealized measurements; actual measurements can be described in terms of either.
Bell inequalities for random fields
Vibration Control During observation, vibration from the reaction wheel assemblies (RWAs) affects the observatory in two ways – disturbing the pointing line-of-sight (attitude control), and causing optical component rigid-body movement and element deformation.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
TEC Integrated Models Including Structures, Optics, and Controls • Ball coronograph concept study , : Full integrated model including reaction wheel disturbances, structure dynamics, optical distortions and displacements, Fraunhofer model of coronograph performance, with attitude and pointing controls.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
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